Anyone who works with a saw in their home or business knows that it’s important to have good quality tools. You may have several different saws that you’ve used for different tasks and now you’re wondering what kind you should get when you need to replace what you have. Maybe you haven’t done a lot of projects before though and maybe you’re looking to purchase your first saw.
In that case, you’ll want to understand what they are good for. We’re going to take a look at track saws and table saws, two quite popular and common versions of a saw you could use for a range of different projects. That way, you can figure out just which one is going to provide you with the most benefits and will help you accomplish more of the tasks that you’re looking for.
Uses for Each: Track Saw vs. Table Saw
Each of these saws has slightly different capabilities, though the overall use for each is going to be the same. You can cut a range of different materials with either of these, but you’re going to get a little more freedom when it comes to a track saw, simply because you’re going to have a much larger area that you can cut, but there are other factors you’ll want to consider as well.
Advantages of Each
The first thing you may be thinking about is the cost. Well, when it comes to cost you’re going to spend quite a bit to get a track saw over a table saw. Where you can get a table saw quite inexpensive (though there are quite expensive options out there too), you’re going to spend much more to get even a basic track saw. On the other hand, you’re going to get some additional capabilities to help make up for that cost.
Ease of use is going to be another important factor and with a track saw you’re going to have something really easy. You make your marks where you want to cut, you set the track down and you’re ready to go. You don’t need to worry about lining up your blade like with a table saw or worrying about how the blade is actually going to cut versus where you want it to cut.
Space is another thing to look at. Because of the way a track saw works you don’t need any additional space other than the material you’re cutting. The saw sits on top and cuts right through, all the way down the line. With a table saw you need additional space to set it up and you’ll need infeed and outfeed space at the same time, which means a much larger available area.
When it comes to carrying your saw around it’s going to be much easier with a track saw because it’s smaller than the table saw itself. It’s also lighter, which means you’re going to have an easier time of carrying it around (though the track itself is going to be large and take a bit of wielding around to get where you need to be.